Phillip Smith is like the Kim Dotcom of the Corrections Department

Turns out he’s quite angry that his plan didn’t work out, and now he “vil destroy anee boh dee”…

Convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith claims he paid $7000 to a “corrupt” prison officer at Auckland’s Paremoremo Prison to help him get a passport for his escape and other benefits.

Smith, 40, fled Auckland on a flight to Chile on November 6 just hours after getting out of Waikato’s Spring Hill Prison on temporary release. He left the country using a passport issued in his birth-name, Phillip Traynor.

He is currently being held in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.

via Stuff

via Stuff

The Department of Corrections said tonight it is taking Smith’s claim about a prison guard seriously.

Smith, appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday via videolink, on charges of escaping custody and of gaining a passport by supplying a misleading particular.

It is alleged that he claimed to be living at a lower North Island address when he was actually in prison.

Tonight, he provided a media release via his lawyer, Tony Ellis, elaborating on how he allegedly got the passport.

He claims he met a prison officer in 2011 “who indicated that he was corrupt by offering me movies on a USB stick to watch on my TV.”

In the statement Smith claims he was aided by a “corrupt” prison officer.

Oh bugger… no…

“He also suggested that I could consider escaping to South America ‘as many of the Nazis did following the Second World War.’ Those were his words. He provided to me a passport application printed from the internet which I completed and gave to him for posting. He had also assisted me with the passport photos.”

In the statement Smith also claims that from a period spanning their first meeting to October or November 2012 the officer helped him attain a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone and intelligence on prison searches to avoid detection of the phone. He says he kept the phone until December last year.

Corrections northern regional commissioner Jeanette Burns said police had been notified of Smith’s claim.

“The allegations made by prisoner Phillip Smith are as yet unsubstantiated and incomplete and have been referred to the Police.”

They can then form part of the ongoing investigation into his departure from New Zealand during a temporary release while under the supervision of his sponsor,” she said.

“These claims could also have an impact on the current court case in which he is facing charges.”

She added: The allegations may turn out to be serious but until they’re properly investigated and tested in court they remain just that, allegations.”

I heard a suggestion today that Judith Collins would make a good Corrections Minister at the first possible reshuffle opportunity.  It certainly looks like Corrections needs a complacency overhaul.   Nothing to do with the unions, I’m sure /TUI


– Talia Shadwell, Deidre Mussen, Stuff


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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